Hey everyone! I'm looking to learn bass. I posted on here when looking for a guitar, and bought my Epiphone AlleyKat, which I love. Now I need (want) a bass!

I'm trying to keep my budget low-$200 would be ideal. I have no problem waiting for a while. I play a lot of punk and ska, but want the opportunity to play other styles as well. Also, I'm pretty sure I want a 4 string. I mean that's what I've always envisioned a bass as, but if you think 5 string is better, let me know.

So with that said, what should I look for? I only see one nice Bass and amp on Craigslist right now, but what should I keep my eye out for? Any particular brand?

Here's the stuff I've seen on Craigslist:
5 string Ibanez

This looks too cheap to be good, Dean bass and amp

Fender squire jazz bass http://albuquerque.craigslist.org/msg/4307704105.html

Peavey amp

Ibanez bass and amp

Mysterious Ibanez bass and amp
-Can I keep updating this thread with new finds, or is that frowned upon?

Thanks in advance for your help!
Last edited by c01e0 at Feb 20, 2014,
I'm sorry to bunp this, but I'm almost ready to make an offer... The squier jazz bass looks nice- what do you guys think? Paired with the peavey amp?
The Squier Jazz seems to be the best of the lot. I find that people outgrow little box practice amps in very short order, so you might want to look at something bigger - at least a 12" speaker.
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